Big in 2023: Your guide to the most anticipated games of the year

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This is going to be an outrageous year for video games. Looking at the lineup of already confirmed new games for 2023, it looks as if the industry is starting to settle after a tumultuous few years. Whether you're looking for the latest blockbuster exclusives, new ways to stay connected with friends and family, or new independent releases that will break your heart into little pieces – it really does look like there is something for everybody coming in 2023. 

With Big in 2023, GamesRadar+ will guide you through the year in video games. We'll be exploring the most anticipated upcoming games of the year, and the development studios behind them. Here you'll find exclusive interviews, hands-on reports, and analysis of all the titles we believe should be on your radar. We'll be dropping new articles all throughout January, so don't forget to bookmark this page and check in for more later. 

If you're looking for a broader view of the year, you may want to check out our larger breakdowns of the upcoming PS5 games, upcoming Xbox Series X games, upcoming Switch games, and upcoming PC games that we have spotted so far. We're also keeping track of every one of the video game release dates, should you be looking for something specific. 

This is Big in 2023: Your guide to the new games that can't be ignored.

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Big in 2023: Redfall
Developer: Arkane Studios | Publisher: Xbox Game Studios

Leading the GamesRadar+ Big in 2023 preview is one of our most anticipated games of the year: Redfall. This is the latest shooter from Arkane Studios, the developer behind games like Dishonored and Prey. We sat down with studio director Harvey Smith and creative director Ricardo Bare to learn how Arkane's talent for engineering carefully crafted worlds and elaborate immersive sims is being funneled into an open world, cooperative story-driven FPS. You'll understand how Redfall has taken inspiration from Far Cry and Stalker, the steps you'll need to take to exterminate the vampires who have taken hold of this small town in Massachusetts, and so much more.


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Big in 2023: Wanted: Dead
Developer: Soleil | Publisher: 110 Industries

We go hands-on with Wanted: Dead, the outrageously gory game from former Ninja Gaiden developer. We found Wanted: Dead to be a chaotic throwback to a different era of action experiences, recalling fond memories of the sort of AA experiences we used to be inundated with during the PS2 and original Xbox era.  


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Big in 2023: System Shock Remake
Developer: Nightdive Studios | Publisher: Prime Matter

There's no shortage of video game remakes coming this year, and System Shock remains one of the most anticipated. Nightdive Studios has been hard at work on its revitalization of the legendary LookingGlass immersive sim for years now, and our chance to play a build of the game game reveals a remake that knows when to push the envelope and when to show restraint.  


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Big in 2023: Alan Wake 2
Developer: Remedy Entertainment | Publisher: Epic Games Publishing

Alan Wake 2 has been a long time coming. It's been almost 13 years since we first joined the troubled writer into a nightmare he had inadvertently written into reality, and in 2023 developer Remedy Entertainment will finally chart his return. We spoke with creative director Sam Lake and game director Kyle Rowley to learn more about the development journey, and how Remedy is planning to put its own spin on the survival horror genre for Alan Wake 2 when it launches later this year.


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Big in 2023: Lightyear Frontier 
Developer: Frame Break | Publisher: Amplifier Game Invest

There's been no shortage of farming and life simulation games in recent years, following the monumental success of Stardew Valley. But we're always on the lookout for the next big thing, and Lightyear Frontier has certainly captured our attention. With its cosmic country soundtrack, positive vibes, and relaxing atmosphere, Lightyear Frontier shouldn't be ignored.


Big in 2023: Forspoken

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Big in 2023: Forspoken
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Luminous Productions | Publisher: Square Enix

Forspoken is the first PS5 exclusive from Square Enix to launch in 2023 and we've played it! It's a new action-RPG from the development team that brought Final Fantasy 15 to life, which is something Luminous Productions explores with us in-depth in this exclusive interview ahead of the game's release later this month.


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10 must-play games of Winter 2023

Winter is officially here, and with the cold weather comes a chaotic number of new releases. More so than any year before, 2023 is leaving us spoiled for choice at all of the new video games arriving between January and March. It can be difficult to know where to focus your attention, which is why we thought it would be helpful to focus on 10 of the must-play PC, PS5, Xbox Series X, and Switch games of the season. 


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Big in 2023: Avatar Frontiers of Pandora
Developer: Massive Entertainment | Publisher: Ubisoft

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is set to be one of Ubisoft's biggest games for 2023. It's an entirely new adventure, one which takes place on an unexplored part of Pandora – and far from the events of the first two films. We have no information on the game following our exclusive interview with creative director Magnus Jansén. 


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Big in 2023: Atomic Heart
Developer: Mundfish | Publisher: Focus Entertainment

Atomic Heart could be the first breakout success of the year. This mysterious FPS has intrigued players for years, thanks to its heady sci-fi concept and combat which appears to have Big BioShock Energy. Learn more about Atomic Heart's alternate Soviet-era timeline in our exclusive interview with game director Robert Bagratuni. 


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Big in 2023: Assassin's Creed Mirage
Developer: Ubisoft Bordeaux | Publisher: Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed Mirage isn't like the other upcoming Assassin's Creed games. We spoke to creative director Stéphane Boudon in an exclusive interview for Big in 2023 to learn more about how Mirage is taking the series back to its roots in the modern era, and how fan fatigue around the action-RPG installments helped inform its decision to do so. 


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Big in 2023: Company of Heroes 3
Developer: Relic Entertainment | Publisher: SEGA

Following a short delay, Company of Heroes 3 is now one of our most anticipated strategy games of 2023. Relic Entertainment is working to bring the legendary series to PS5 and Xbox Series X, but it will debut for PC on February 23. We have played this excellent RTS, and spoken with the development team to learn how a "player council" helped shape the game and improve its core feature-set ahead of release.


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Big in 2023: Fire Emblem Engage
Developer: Intelligent Systems | Publisher: Nintendo

It's been over three years since the release of the ever-popular Fire Emblem: Three Houses. In that time, developer Intelligent Systems has been hard at work on a new turn-based strategy for Nintendo Switch, one which harkens back to the combat-focused roots of the long-running franchise. Here you can read our full gameplay impressions of the first eight chapters of Fire Emblem Engage.


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The 8 biggest video game trends of 2023

2023 is set to be an outrageous year for video games. That's why we decided to read the tea leaves and attempt to predict what the biggest trends are likely to be – from the rise of AI-powered programs, nostalgia-driven delights, and an increasing focus on difficult experiences in a post Elden Ring world. Here you'll find predictions on the key trends for 2023, and we recommended that you bookmark the article and return to it in 12 months to see just how right we were all along. 


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Big in 2023: Lies of P 
Developer: In-house | Publisher: Neowiz

Lies of P emerged as one of the biggest breakout video games of 2022. This intriguing Soulslike from developer Neowiz puts you into the role of Pinocchio, a puppet mechanoid who embarks on a horrifying journey to become human and locate his creator Mr. Geppetto. The upcoming Game Pass is, as we learned when we sat down to play Lies of P, is shaping up to be worthy of the hype.


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5 PS5 exclusives that need to be on your radar in 2023

The PS5 recently passed the 30 million mark – an incredible milestone, particularly given the ongoing production issues surrounding Sony's new-gen system. PlayStation 5 owners will be spoilt for choice in 2023, particularly with highly-anticipated first-party games and the launch of PSVR 2 on the near horizon. That's why we wanted to help focus your attention on five PS5 exclusives that you need to have on your radar this year, from Horizon Call of the Wild to Marvel's Spider-Man 2 and beyond. 


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Big in 2023: Tchia 
Developer: In-house | Publisher: Awaceb

Tchia is an utter delight. At least, that was our impression of the upcoming indie after sitting down to play it for 30 minutes. With a stunning visual design, beautiful open world, and set of movement mechanics that prioritize locomotion, we found Tchia to be a breath of fresh air. From exploring the world as a seagull to sitting on a clifftop to learn ukulele, this is one adventure with boundless potential.


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5 Xbox Series X exclusives that need to be on your radar in 2023

Microsoft Gaming had a difficult 2022. Some of its most highly anticipated exclusives were delayed, leaving the lineup a little thin. As a result, the Xbox Series X is primed for its best year to date. There's a suite of first-party games set to launch from Xbox Game Studios, and no end of titles set to release as platform exclusives through Game Pass. With so many options, we wanted to focus your attention on five Xbox Series X exclusives that should be on your radar in 2023.


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Big in 2023: Under the Waves
Developer: Parallel Studio | Publisher: Quantic Dream

While Quantic Dream made a name for itself through dizzying narrative-adventure games like Heavy Rain and Detroit: Become Human, the studio is taking on a different role in 2023. Quantic Dream is working with Parallel Studio on its debut game, titled Under the Waves. It's a hauntingly beautiful underwater adventure where you work to survive the dangers of the North Sea and an unraveling mind.


Big in 2023: Wo Long Fallen Dynasty

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Big in 2023: Wo Long Fallen Dynasty
Developer: Team Ninja | Publisher: Koei Tecmo Games

Team Ninja used to be known for Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden. But the studio has reinvented itself in recent years, following the massive success of the punishing Nioh series. In 2023 Team Ninja is spreading its wings even further with Wo Long Fallen Dynasty, a stunning action-RPG that has pulled its bastard-hard boss battles straight from the pages of history.


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5 Switch exclusives that need to be on your radar in 2023

After years of anticipation, 2023 will see the release of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – the long-awaited sequel to Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But this isn't the only new Switch game you should care about. In fact, there are some fantastic-looking platform exclusives coming this year, from Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon to Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe. So join us as we explore the five Nintendo Switch exclusives that you need to have on your radar in 2023. 


Big in 2023 is GamesRadar's preview of the year to come, covering the most anticipated video games of 2023. This coverage hub will be updated daily throughout January with exclusive interviews, hands-on previews, industry analysis, and more. 

Josh West
UK Managing Editor, GamesRadar+

Josh West is the UK Managing Editor of GamesRadar+. He has over 10 years experience in online and print journalism, and holds a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Feature Writing. Prior to starting his current position, Josh has served as GR+'s Features Editor and Deputy Editor of games™ magazine, and has freelanced for numerous publications including 3D Artist, Edge magazine, iCreate, Metal Hammer, Play, Retro Gamer, and SFX. Additionally, he has appeared on the BBC and ITV to provide expert comment, written for Scholastic books, edited a book for Hachette, and worked as the Assistant Producer of the Future Games Show. In his spare time, Josh likes to play bass guitar and video games. Years ago, he was in a few movies and TV shows that you've definitely seen but will never be able to spot him in.